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2013-11_Sonia pic preferred_croppedSonia Roschnik – Director

Sonia joined the Humanitarian Centre as its Director in February 2014. She worked as Operational Director for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit for 6 years and 4 years as Deputy Director of Operations at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Sonia has always nurtured an interest in international development, sustainable development and global health. She trained as an Occupational Therapist in the UK and worked as a clinician in Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. She has worked as an advisor to WHO and UNDP developing guidance for greening hospitals, sustainable processes and climate change adaptation plans. She has also supported health services in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Sonia still works for the Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system in England one day a week.

Contact Sonia at: sonia.roschnik[at]
Anne Radl – Programmes Manager

Anne leads the Humanitarian Centre’s  work on ‘cross-sector collaboration’: helping people from academia, NGOs, policy–and increasingly business–to connect with one another, to explore better ways of working together for more just and sustainable development.  She runs the Humanitarian Centre’s ‘themed years’, providing a platform to catalyse new ways of thinking and creative collaborations to tackle complex global challenges, like Global Health (2011-2012) and Global Food Futures (2013-2014).  Anne was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, where she helped build networks for sharing ideas and resources for better community health and well-being. She also spent two years working at a San Francisco-based NGO, Shanti, growing and strengthening the volunteer community, to provide support for people living with HIV, AIDS and breast cancer. Anne studied anthropology at the University of Cambridge, for her master’s degree, and at the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate.

Contact Anne at: anne.radl[at]



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Janice S. Pedersen – Resource Centre Manager

Janice supports skills and capacity-building for Humanitarian Centre members, by providing guidance, advice, resources and networking opportunities. She also communicates members’ activities within the network and to the wider community, and oversees the provision of occasional training opportunities. Janice comes to the Humanitarian Centre after working as a policy researcher, with a focus on evaluation and performance management as well as health policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has carried out independent fieldwork in rural eastern Uganda, exploring elderly people’s support networks in cases of ill health. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked for a Danish consultancy that applies anthropological and design-based theory and methods to user-driven innovation projects for a range of clients across sectors. Janice is a Danish national, and spent her formative years in Botswana and Tanzania.

Contact Janice at:  janices.pedersen[at]


Communications Interns

This year, we have a number of interns who will be in charge of running our communications and marketing efforts. You can find out more about them here!



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Evie Browne – Honorary Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Evie graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a Master’s in International Social Development (Distinction). She then worked as a freelance research consultant, providing analysis on social issues for ODI, IDS, the Commonwealth Secretariat and International Alert among others. She currently works as a GSDRC Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (, providing rapid research services for DFID, the EC and AusAID. Her specialisms are in social development issues, particularly gender, but she has a broad general knowledge across themes of power, social exclusion, human development, civil society, political economy, participation and vulnerability. She also teaches on the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education Undergraduate Certificate in International Development





Steve JonSteve Joneses – Chair of Trustees

Steve Jones is a Founding Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Centre.  He is an international development consultant with over 30 years’ experience in UK/Europe, Asia, Africa, the CIS, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. He is a partner in a small Cambridge-based consultancy firm – Meta-Development LLP- and specialises in: leading design and evaluation missions for social protection, livelihoods, health and education and climate change and post-disaster reconstruction programmes; management consulting and organisational development; facilitation of strategic workshops  and international conferences, process facilitation, and training on programme cycle management, including logical framework analysis. His clients include DFID, World Bank, European Union, NGOs and private sector firms.

  Alison Walsham

Alison, has been involved with the Humanitarian Centre since its inception. After working for three years in the engineering industry, she spent three years in East Africa doing voluntary work. Following a career break, bringing up four children and doing some community work, she spent 22 years as a Careers Adviser at Cambridge University. Initially working on the life science sectors, her main focus became not-for-profit employment, international development and environment. She has visited a wide range of developing countries exploring employers, programmes and projects, gaining insights into the working lives of those in the field.

 ShSGJelley Gregory Jones

Shelley has spent most of her career in the not for profit and education sectors in the UK. Before joining the Sixteen as Development Director, she held a similar role at the PHG Foundation which brings together public health and genomics.  Her previous experience also includes several years as the CEO of CamSight – the local charity for visually impaired people living in Cambridge, and Strategy Director of London-based environmental charity Global Action Plan. She has an MBA from the Judge Business School and a degree in Philosophy from Girton College, Cambridge.

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Richard stepped down as a Humanitarian Centre Trustee in 2013, but remains a life member.

Richard has worked in international development for more than 35 years, focusing especially on water management in sub-Saharan Africa.  He joined Cranfield University at Silsoe in 1981 after several years working for consulting companies in UK and overseas.  He established Cranfield’s MSc course in Community Water and Sanitation in 1981, and was appointed Professor of International Water Development at Cranfield University in 2002.  After leaving the university Richard acted as Head of Technical Support at WaterAid from 2009 to 2012. In 2012 he returned to full-time consulting as Director of his own company ( ). He has published widely and undertakes frequent consultancy assignments in Africa and Asia.

Amy Mokady Amy Weatherup

Amy has held a number of senior sales, marketing and business development roles at some of the mobile industry’s leading companies, working with both start-ups and multinationals. She was a co-founder and marketing director of STNC Ltd., Light Blue Optics   and others. Amy set up the Cambridge University i-Teams programme  which she has run since inception in 2006, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a Director of Audio Analytic , a Trustee of Birthlight and The Villiers Park Educational Trust, as well as a primary school governor. She is also a founder of The Breech Babies Club  and the Breech Birth UK Facebook support group.

Andrew Lamb

After graduating, Andrew worked with the University of Cambridge Office for Community Affairs and co-founded the Humanitarian Centre. He worked for more than three years with disaster relief organisation RedR UK, including working at their office in Nairobi, and became a trustee of the charity in 2011. Andrew is a director of the Appropedia Foundation which runs the Appropedia website – a sustainability wiki. He was the technical editor of the world’s first UNESCO Engineering Report and was a Visiting Lecturer for EngineeringUK. Andrew became the first staff Chief Executive of EWB-UK in December 2008 after winning a World of Difference grant from the Vodafone Foundation.

Dominic_Vergine_3_-_Colour_High_ResolutionDominic Vergine 

Dominic is a co-founder of two technology companies, a non-profit organisation and a charity. He Has worked with governments and international agencies across Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on technology for International Development (ICT4D).  He is currently driving several initiatives focused on delivering communications to the bottom of the pyramid and exploring how technology can help improve global sustainability.

charlotte_sankeyCharlotte Sankey

Charlotte has an extensive career in publishing, design and public relations of over 20 years. She has been running her own publishing and PR consultancies for the last ten years, during which she founded Cambridge Agenda magazine. She has also worked in management roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her skills are in writing, PR, graphic design and strategy. She is the Director of Creative Warehouse a PR and Publishing agency based in Cambridge.

bhaskar_viraBhaskar Vira

Bhaskar is a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He specialises in environmental and development economics. Research into policy process has included work as a Co-ordinating Lead Author with the Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Dr Vira is also engaged in collaborative work with colleagues in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, with projects including trade-offs in the context of ecosystem services; how policy to address biodiversity loss can learn from the climate change experience; ecosystem-based adaptation strategies; and the development and use of toolkits to assess ecosystem services at site level.

2014-03-17_Ben BrittonBen Britton

Ben is Development Director of the Mountain Trust, a charity focusing on health, education and human rights in Nepal. In this role he is charged with fundraising, internship coordination, project development and implementation and website management. Ben has an academic background in both Development and Education having completed his undergraduate degree in Development and Peace from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and subsequently his Masters from Cambridge in 2011. Ben has extensive travel experience in India and Nepal and speaks fluent Nepali.

Theodore Menelik2014-04-15_Theodore Menelik

Theodore Menelik is a sociologist and a Congolese citizen residing in Cambridge. His love for his country and its people led him to found Menelik Education in 2003, a charity working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a branch in Cambridge, UK. Menelik Education mainly works in the DRC, but also regionally and internationally. Its goals are to produce information, reflection and action on human sustainable development, national and international solidarity, human rights, gender equality, and others subjects. Since 2003, Theodore has also been working on issues related to education, health, and community empowerment. Menelik Education has been a Humanitarian Centre member since 2008 and Theodore was chosen to represent his fellow members on the Humanitarian Centre board of trustees in March 2014.


You can find a full  list of the current Trustees of the Humanitarian Centre here.


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